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      Abortion waiting period remains for rape and incest victims

      Missouri Senate defeats a measure to remove the waiting period for an abortion for rape and incest victims.

      JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's Republican-led Senate has defeated a rape and incest exemption to the state's abortion waiting period.

      The party-line 22-9 vote came as lawmakers started debate Tuesday on legislation tripling the state's mandatory waiting period between an abortion and a woman's initial medical consultation.

      The amendment offered by Senate Democrats would have exempted women who were raped or a victim of incest from the current 24-hour waiting period. The measure pending before the Senate would increase the waiting period to 72 hours. The amendment would have applied to the longer waiting period, as well.

      Republicans opposed the exemption and argued that a pregnancy resulting from rape should be treated the same as others. Democratic opponents say crime victims shouldn't be forced to wait to terminate a pregnancy.